Legacy Mechanics - How they make a game epic
While the only legacy game I have played is #Pandemic Legacy: Season 1, I thought that I'd talk a little about how the 'legacy' aspect really elevated each game. I'll try not tp spoil anything as I think everyone should play this game knowing nothing about it.
However, every time we sat down to play I got a build up of excitement. Part of this was the new rules that had been added to the game (again I won't spoil anything) which often quite radically how we were going to have to play. However, the new stuff wasn't the whiole of it: we had a history with this game, there was immediate reminiscing as we got out the various pieces and characters. Seeing the board covered in stickers, each one a triumph or a failure gave it meaning and your character who had been through it with you and you inevitably grow attached to and imbue with a personality. We would constantly joke about our characters and their interactions with each other and the events in a much more developed way than we would in any single sitting game.
As you play through the game it is impossible not to keep in mind that there will be other games after this one. Every decision is made more meaningful in the knowledge that it might have consequences (good or bad) for future games. This is especially true as sacrifices you might be willing to make in a standard game (of pandemic or others) are suddenly going to keep hurting you after the game finishes, winning comfortably and just pulling through are very different as your set up/options the following game will be proportionally easier/harder. Because of this there is a tension and excitement available in the games that I don't generally feel in most board games.
Because of this, as I said in my top 10 list, while no individual game of Pandemic legacy was in isolation the best game I ever played, when you put those games in the context of the campaign they become that much more epic and entertaining.
What have your guys experience with legacy games been? What do you like/dislike about them?